Prayers come in all different forms, journaling, speech, prayer card, etc., and so do answers to prayers. I was immersed in a worship practice at my church one night when a woman in the pew behind me asked my name. We quickly began chatting about our shared passion for worship music, trials in our lives, and God’s grace. I must admit I wasn’t too thrilled about being distracted from watching worship practice take place, but the conversation began to encourage me and have a deeper meaning than just small Christian talk. The tone quickly moved to a sensitive part of my heart, and the woman explained the unique way she had noticed God answering her prayer. She was deeply troubled by her almost non-existent relationship with her daughter.
One night her daughter needed a ride to work; the woman expressed how angry and unwilling she was to take her daughter too but sucked it up anyways. As she was getting ready to leave, she remembered her prayer to God, to give her the strength to show unconditional love to her daughter. This car ride was a test and opportunity, she explained; she hadn’t realized this was the answer to her prayer because she was limiting God’s response to the form she was expecting. I was so encouraged by this story; it opened my eyes to situations in my life that I had foolishly awaited the answer for when it was being answered right in front of my eyes. It is so true that we can limit God and his answers, we could never imagine how God answers prayers, and we need to stop limiting and start listening.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8
Gods thoughts, action and mind is so far from a human it is unimaginable. But, God’s ideas and solutions are far better and effective than what we think he should do in our lives, and we can rest in these words that God will never compare to our minds and our ways, but always amaze and over exceed how we think prayers should be answered.
Do you find yourself searching for one specific answer to prayer and not considering others?